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Friday, March 9, 2018

Algebra 1 EOC Review

So this post has been three years in the making!

My school has a 30-minute tutorial class built into our schedule. Students can go to classes as needed and get help or they are assigned tutorials if they fail a grading period. 

As it gets closer to our Texas End of Course Exam, the administration requires that all Algebra 1 students be assigned tutorials to review for the EOC. Over the last three years, I have developed mini-lessons to review big topics. I have designed and redesign each worksheet and I am finally releasing them to the world. 

The Algebra 1 EOC Review Bundle can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. It contains worksheets and keys for the following topics: Domain and Range, Slope, Linear Functions, Linear Inequalities, Direct Variation, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Systems of Linear Functions, Systems of Linear Inequalities, Exponential Functions, Quadratic Functions, and Transformations of Functions.

Individual lessons can also be purchased on We Teach High School's TPT page.

You can download a free copy of the Slope worksheet from TPT.

Friday, October 27, 2017

ATP Summary Sheet

This year I created a prettier version of the ATP notes my kiddos usually take.  And I have added it to our TPT store!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cell Transport PowerPoint

I love that this blog and our Teachers Pay Teachers store pushes me to complete projects that I have been slacking on.  Today's example of this is my updated Cell Transport Powerpoint!!!  I have added my own drawings and made this Powerpoint match the Cell Transport Handout I have my kiddos do! 

Both resources are completely editable so you can customize it for your kiddos!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Coolest Teacher to Facist

If you are curious how to go to from your students telling you the 4th week of school that you are their favorite teacher to your students calling you a fascist ... change their seating chart.  I think that class may be a bit dramatic ...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cell Transport and Tonicity (Handout and PowerPoint)

This is a graphic organizer I use to help students organize information about Cell Transport and Tonicity.

Cell Transport and Tonicity Handout

This is what mined looked like when finished.

I like both being on one page because it seems to streamline making copies and passing out papers.

I love that it is still a lot of information but the visuals help make it easier to find information and quickly remind themselves what that concept.

*** Update 10/24/17 *** I have added an editable PowerPoint to our TPT store that I use with this handout and I will be adding another handout soon.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Infinite Algebra...oh how I love thee!

Technology has come so far in the thirteen years that I have been a math teacher.

My first few years I was creating everything in Word (oh the humanity). Even with MathType as an extension, it was so tedious.

A few years later, we adopted math curriculum that included Examview.  I used the provided tests and quizzes, but also had the ability to create my own assessments with its built in equation editor and even include graphs!

About five years ago (???) I stumbled upon Kuta Software! Do you hear the angels rejoicing....

They have free worksheets available to download with answer keys.

More importantly our school purchased the software (available from Pre-Algebra up to Calculus) and it has changed my life. It is so easy to create a worksheet/quiz/test and have the ability to recalculate and scramble questions for multiple versions. The software also has a presentation mode that you can display on your projector. I have the students use individual whiteboards to work the problems out then we can go over them as a class.

Check it will change your math teacher life!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

When I'm gone... not forever...just for the day!

My fellow teachers give me a hard time about how much of a control freak I am (well if I'm being honest, so does my mom). I HAVE TO BE IN CONTROL!

My days off of school are most usually a very planned event. Except for this year when I had the flu for 4 days...geez that was horrible.

Most substitute teachers are up front and will tell us and the students "I can't help with math." I understand completely...math is not for everyone. Knowing this, I try to skip school on a review day or plan a worksheet over material the students already understand. There are occasions though that this does not work out and I need the students to take notes or learn something new.

Enter the control freak: I create my lessons on the iPad app Doceri (previous post about Doceri). Here is a link to my youtube channel. You can see some examples of videos I have created. You can even learn some algbera or precal while you are there!!!

My desk is pretty organized in general, but on sub days I clear everything off and lay it all out nice and easy. I leave my sub folder on top of my desk. It includes copies of class rosters, my sub info document, and a place for the sub to write notes about each class. I also have a folder for each prep that contains copies for the day. If I want the students to turn in their assignment at the end of the day, the sub can put the work in these folders.

If the students will be watching a video: I leave the remote for the projector with a few notes about how to use it.

I have found that the internet at school is not always reliable. So I now save my videos to the desktop on my computer. I leave the computer logged on or Sandy will go in and log on for me.

I am very clear with my students that they are responsible for their work when I am gone, no exceptions. Even if a sub tells them they don't have to do the work. I always write out the expectations on the board. I also let the student know that I have spies and I hear and know about everything that goes on while I am out!

So yes, my coworkers do make fun of my sticky notes (Sandy took these pictures on a day I was gone to show everyone how crazy I am). My goal is for my day away to go as smooth as possible...that way no one has to call me and ask questions!

Check out Sandy's post on what she does when she misses school.